Well, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors has completed it all over again. Not only have they stopped a legitimate business enterprise, they have absent a single step even more they have prohibited these kinds of organizations from working in Fauquier County at all. The board of supervisors has passed an amendment to the zoning ordinances disallowing “standalone companion animal retailers” from operating in business districts (due to the fact they were being only allowed in business districts just before, this implies they are not allowed anyplace in the county).
And they did this based mostly on inuendoes, assumptions, wrong statements and social biases. This is how harmless ladies were being hanged, burned and drowned through the Salem witch trials.
This started off with the county’s zoning overview board refusing to renew the Puppy Shop’s distinctive allow to operate in New Baltimore. Even although the zoning board claimed this denial was based on zoning violations, I believe it was centered upon a coordinated e mail marketing campaign condemning pet suppliers of “only acquiring their puppies from pet mills,” in addition, other vindictive smear ways from the Puppy Store.
I reviewed all 136 reviews sent to the Zoning Evaluate Board. Dependent on the repetitive and comparative wording of the protesting letters, there seems to have been a few coordinated endeavours to affect the board. In actuality, more than half looked like variety letters that ended up simply forwarded, with some obtaining a line or two added.
Some of these additional strains contained untrue accusations: puppies in filthy cages, no drinking water for puppies, lack of ventilation. I personally know the Pet Store had ventilated, air-conditioned cages thoroughly clean water on continuous supply cleanse bedding and experienced no unwell animals on screen.
All of the email messages have been of the very same vein: “Pet merchants commonly get their animals from pup mills.” The board of supervisors even used this justification to justify their action of prohibiting retailers like the Pet Shop from running in the county.
It is a phony assumption! I really don’t disagree that puppy dog mills are inhumane atrocities. But you really don’t condemn an additional business mainly because of that. Legit enterprises, this kind of as the Dog Store, attempting to work by adequately next USDA insurance policies, verifying the resources of their puppies are coming from USDA compliant breeders must be encouraged. This provides animal enthusiasts a genuine supply and choice for getting wholesome, loving animals.
It was fascinating that many of the protest letters supported pet stores if they sold animals from animal shelters and/or the Fauquier SPCA. Several of the letters also espoused that we do not have to have pet stores when animal shelters are overpopulated.
It need to be understood that animal shelters do not get nice healthier plump puppies from breeders. They get animals, young and outdated, from a assortment of sources — some from men and women and people that no for a longer period want their animals and take them to the shelter. Some others are absolutely free-roam avenue animals that have been captured and shipped to the shelters. And nonetheless some others are confiscated, by the law enforcement and animal regulate officers, from abusive environments.
Even so, there are some of us that do not want other peoples’ turned down, unwelcome, improperly properly trained, rebellious and troubled animals. Nor do we want to just take on animals that have professional medical, physical or psychological difficulties from weak care or abuse.
I individually know men and women that have taken on animals from animal shelters or pet adoption organizations that have been supplied animals with wellness and obedience difficulties. People on preset incomes that have been burdened with continual vet expenditures mounting into hundreds if not countless numbers of bucks that they can ill pay for.
But certainly, not in Fauquier County, in accordance to the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors.
It is straightforward to tear down and wipe out, as the board of supervisors have finished, instead than govern and create up.